HOME REPAIR TIPS

HOW TO REMOVE YOUR OLD KITCHEN SINK

Are you going to try to install a kitchen sink? Installing your sink could be easy, but simply like the majority of DIY projects throughout the home, it may well be challenging according to the age of our old sink.

 

LET’S CHANGE THE EXISTING SINK

The time has come, Let’s get rid of the old sink and get this project moving. Reach under the sink and turn off the water shutoff valves. Turn them to the closed position. Once you are done, turn on the water and see if the water is completely shut off. Sometimes the shut offs don’t stop the water completely. If this is the case, just go to the basement and turn the water main off. At this point we are ready to move forward.

 

Now that the water is off, disconnect the water feeds that connect the shutoffs to the faucet. A pair of channel lock pliers or an adjustable wrench should do the trick.  Next, disconnect the trap by loosening the 2 nuts attached. That is all it took to disconnect the plumbing.

Now we need to disconnect the actual sink from the countertop. This is easily done by removing the lock nuts just below the actual sink. Usually this can be accomplished with a  Phillips head screwdriver. When all the locking nuts are loose, from above the sink, pull the sink up and out of the sink well which is the opening that is cut into the countertop. Something else I would like to point out is that the sink never easily pops out like this. Since the sink will be discarded, don’t be afraid to give it a few shots with your hammer from underneath. If it is an old sink, it was probably glued down so you will need to break the seal that was created between the sink and the actual counter top.

CHANGE SINK

Now that the old sink is out, reinstalling the new sink is the reverse process. When installing the new sink, attach the new faucet to the new sink BEFORE you install the sink into the countertop. You can even attach the water feeds to the faucet. It’s a lot easier than trying to reach up into the cabinet. Once the sink is resting in place, install the locking nuts, connect the trap and water feeds. Turn the water on and test the plumbing. What I like to do is first do a quick test by running the water for about 10 seconds. As this is happening, I look under at the piping to view for any dripping. If all is good, I will put the water stopper into place, fill the sink up half way then remove the water stopper. This will give the drain a solid rush of water through the trap. If the pipes aren’t sealed properly, it will show up now and I will be able to see where the drip is coming from. If there is a drip, just tighten at the source of the leak and retest.

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HOW TO TILE A COUNTERTOP BACKSPLASH

A tile backsplash can be one of the easier home improvement projects for anyone. Tiling your backsplash needs little preparation for existing areas that are currently painted. Just remove any outlet covers, fills any holes with the necessary wall compound and scrape any paint that is loose and get ready to move forward with your tile back splash project.

Do you have a wet saw? How about goggles? If not, you can rent most of the necessary tools at a local rental shop. Make sure you wear the appropriate safety gear such as your goggles and gloves at all times.

Have you decided which type of tile you will be installing? Many times, homeowners are installing glazed tiles which tend to be easier to clean since you will be cooking and preparing food only inches away. A great idea is to look around at different pictures and decide what type of tile look you are going to achieve. One you spot the tile of choice, go to a supplier and see if they can locate a similiar tile.

Purchase your mastic trowel which will be the tool you will be using to spread the mastic otherwise known as the glue. With trowel in hand, dip it into the glue bucket and grab about a 5″ ball of glue. Then prepare to spread  that glue onto the wall. Here is the important part. Spread it evenly and ONLY do a 3′-4′ area at a time. With the trowel being held on edge, have the glue run through the teeth of the trowel. Make rainbow type strokes. Don’t apply too much or too little. Just cover the wallboard.

Prior to applying the wall mastic, find the center of where you will be starting your tiling. Once found, draw a horizontal and vertical line using a tape measure, pencil and level. Once you have created the intersecting point, this is when the glue will be applied. As mentioned earlier, just install a small amount of glue in the beginning. Using tile spacers is highly recommended and make sure that you press on each installed tile.

Apply the tile accordingly until you get to the edges. Use your tile saw to cut the necessary sizes. You will want to finish off the ends of your tiling layout with a round ended tile commonly called a bull nose tile. It creates a finished edge at the end of tiling layouts. Once you are done, wipe off any excess glue that usually rises up from the joint from being pressed down on earlier.

LET’S FINISH YOUR NEW TILE BACKSPLASH

Once the glue has dried, remove all the spacers and prepare to grout. Mix the grout to a creamy consistency and apply according to the manufacturers spec’s. Usually after you mix, you can apply within a few minutes. Apply with a sponge float. Fill all the joints and wipe the excess grout off. Once you are finished with your grout application, Use a damp sponge and wipe the tile clean. Apply a bead of clear silicon caulking to the edge where the tile meets the countertop. Additionally, you may want to seal your new tile backsplash with a tile sealant. Read the application spec’s and apply accordingly.

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Author:

Mr. David Pangione

Pangione Developers Inc.

Note: All this information is 100% original. Every word is spoken from experience of being a NJ Home Improvement Contractor for over 30 years.

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HOME REPAIR GUIDES

Home repairs can get very costly. Your home repair can be hundreds if not thousands of dollars. Many of these home repairs can actually be fixed by the homeowners rather than hiring an outside contractor to fix the item and then get charged for it.

Home repairs can be resolved many times by the homeowner themselves. If course, the homeowner may not have the experience or be qualified to make the home repair but there are ways to get the necessary information containing the steps needed that will help you along and get that item repaired.

Home repair books can provide a lot of useful information that will help you with your DIY home repair. There are many types of Home repair books that you can use. Purchasing a home repair book that targets general home repairs can be very beneficial to you. A general purpose home repair guide will cover several subjects pertain to your home. You would want to make sure that the main categories of home repair are covered on your home repair manual such as plumbing repair, electrical repair, drywall repair, roofing repair tiling repair and even flooring repair. As you can see, a general purpose home repair manual will be a very in depth home repair guide. Also, make sure your home repair book has many illustrations. You will want your home improvement guide to present the repair in pictures and steps so that you can easily follow along.

Having  a home repair book provides you all the necessary steps that will enable you to save especially on the labor costs associated with hiring a handy man or home improvement contractor. Let’s take as an example changing a wall switch into a dimmer switch. This is one of the most sought after home repairs. Hiring an electrician to make this change can be somewhere in the neighborhood of $75-$125 just for labor alone. This task takes just 10 minutes for someone with experience. So figure with no experience and using a manual to guide you through the home repair, it will take you 45 minutes. That’s $75 in your pocket.

Let’s take another big home repair request which is a leaking water trap beneath your sink. This repair usually runs about $80-$100 and the part is just $3 -$5 . To unscrew to nuts and put the new part in then reattach, you can save the $80.

Many of these home repairs can be fixed by homeowners but they just don’t know where to start or how to make the repair. Home DIY repair guides will provide you the necessary  steps to get your home repair fixed  and save you money . You can also purchase categorical home repair guides that specialize in specific topics. If you don’t want to purchase a general repair guide, then you can invest in a guide that targets plumbing, electrical, wall board repairs, flooring repairs or even tiling repairs just to name a few. Either way, your home repair guide will save you in the long run plus you will learn a great deal  about home repairs. The manual’s make great gifts as well.

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HOW TO CLEAN BRICKS

When you think of using bricks for an exterior or even on the interior, no one ever realizes that just like any other material, you have to occasionally clean brick. Bricks are a very durable and considered an attractive product. This is one of the many reasons that people decide to install brick in their home. Every once in a while you will have to maintain brick and clean them.

One of the biggest ways brick get’s dirty is from mold. When water splashes, mold eventually forms and spreads up the brick. The result is a greenish slime that spreads across the brick facade. The once beautiful stone texture is now beginning to look old and run down.

Another way brick gets dirty is from algae,  mildew and smoke. These stains can be resilient to clean if not handled properly. Another concern is discoloring of the brick when you are cleaning them. A rule of thumb is while cleaning your brick, prior to starting the entire surface, test a small area first. Test the small area and then let it dry. Look for any discoloring. If there are no changes in the color, then you will be safe to clean the entire area of brick.

There are several ways to clean brick. No matter what cleaner you use, always follow the manufacturer’s directions. If the cleaner requires mixing, make sure you follow the mixing directions. If you decide to use detergent or soap and water solutions, these solutions will most probably work on bricks that are soiled with mud, dirt or plain soil.

Another common way to clean brick is to use a muriatic acid. For acid solutions, it is recommended that you have experience using this chemical. Always make sure that you have protective clothing and guard yourself from being exposed from the chemical. Mixing muriatic acid to the proper solution combined with water needs to be mixed exactly to the manufacturer requirements. There is a big misconception that adding too much muriatic acid will clean brick better but that is exactly the opposite. You may be harming the brick such as permanently staining it.

On the market now are products, premixed specifically formulated to clean bricks. These premixed brick cleaning products eliminate the need to mix potent chemicals. For those that want to clean brick, this is an easier solution. Many come in a spray bottle premixed. Spray the cleaner on, let stand for the required amount of time and wipe accordingly. You will find that  these premixed brick cleaning solutions are a much easier solution for those that want to clean bricks without wanting to mix various solutions.

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Mr. David Pangione

Pangione Developers

Note: All this information is 100% original. Every word is spoken from experience of being a NJ Home Improvement Contractor for over 30 years.

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